Today’s Rail Market Requires Smarter, Safer and More Reliable Operations
Regarded as the most sustainable means to transport passengers and freight, railway transportation effectively cuts carbon emission, reduces human dependence on fossil fuels and automobiles, and greatly improves mobility in both developed and developing countries. The global rail market is expected to continue its stable growth in the coming decades as investment in rail infrastructure remains one of the top priorities for governments worldwide. As the largest demand remains in the mainline sector, the highest growth rate is in urban transit driven by growing populations and increasing urbanization. Enormous investment in rail infrastructure not only builds larger railway networks, but also encourages countries to adopt strong regulations to mandate smarter, safer and more reliable railroad operations, significantly improving passenger travel experience and raising the bar for rail application developers and solution integrators.
The fast development of the rail market inevitably brings manifold challenges. Firstly, smarter and safer operations require better products with regard to functionality, reliability and availability. Any incremental improvement could represent formidable technical challenges as rail applications are uniquely demanding for system integrators, with extended deployments requiring always-on operation for up to 100,000 hours in exposed environments, extreme temperatures in desert or snow, or under conditions of high vibration. Secondly, while governments emphasize maximizing return on investment and experience budget constraints, ever-increasing competition imposes more downward price pressure on rail integrators in both domestic and overseas markets. Thirdly, the fast
growing rail market naturally drives tight project schedules as well as high refresh rates. Especially in emerging markets, it is critical for rail integrators to keep up with the pace of regional development in order to stand out from fierce competition. Lastly, rail integrators face many obstacles when addressing upgrade and interoperability with traditional closed, proprietary systems, from both technical and cost perspectives.
By leveraging more than 20 years of expertise in developing highly reliable and available embedded computing systems, ADLINK is a premier supplier to the rail market that offers not only an extensive industry leading and cost-effective CompactPCI® based portfolio, but also a wide range of rugged fanless embedded computers and custom solutions enabled by its best-in-class ODM capabilities. ADLINK’s railway products and platforms meet global railway industry requirements for onboard train control and wayside signaling systems, remote video surveillance and monitoring, broadband Internet access systems and a broad range of passenger information and entertainment systems.
ADLINK’s long-held support of COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) technology and open standard systems enables flexible platforms that are modular, scalable and rugged enough for extended deployment in both brown- and green-field projects. ADLINK’s rugged railway COTS solutions are optimized for the development of intelligent transportation systems, meeting space and performance demands, severe environmental restrictions and specialized industry standards, such as EN 50155. This ensures their high performance and reliability, capacity to solve complex issues in high performance data processing, suitability for mobile connectivity and networked communications, and ability to enable safe, secure and connected travel. Solution integrators can effectively reduce risk and total cost of ownership (TCO) with the ideal combination of low power consumption, small footprint, optimized features and high reliability in a standards- based platform. And importantly, adopting ADLINK’s application ready and industry standard compliant platforms enables customers to significantly shorten development cycle and accelerate time-to-market.
By leveraging its long-standing strategic partnerships with major hardware component and software vendors, ADLINK ensures best practices in product obsolescence and lifecycle management to deliver supply longevity required by the industry. In addition, ADLINK offers design services in every major geographic region, benefiting customers with increased responsiveness, short delivery lead-time and ease of doing business.
For application developers and solution integrators, ADLINK is an ideal partner for supply of railway transportation products, including systems that provide robust, fault- free connectivity, as well as the high-speed I/O required to support the broad and growing spectrum of railway systems and applications.
ADLINK is committed to continued development towards building an even more comprehensive and cost-effective product portfolio, with the goal of enabling customers to effectively mitigate budget constraints, and smoothly and seamlessly take on the challenges of technology migration and system integration. ADLINK is well positioned to help customers gain great competitive advantages by allowing them to focus on their value-added offering for end solutions.
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